New Yorkers and Knick fans are all reeling after Carmello Anthony admitted this week that surgery is his “only option” for his recurring left knee pain. Like Carmello, after all non-operative procedures like stem cell therapy, PRP injections, and/or physical therapy are exhausted surgery is the last resort to get someone pain free.

Unlike other surgeons who quickly jump to knee surgery to help with knee pain, Dr. Steven Struhl (NYU Langone Clinical Instructor) is one of the select few orthopedic surgeons in NY with extensive expertise in both non-surgical procedures as well as breakthrough surgical techniques. Dr. Struhl specializes in both the state of the art non-operative procedures like stem cell therapy and PRP injections, and if surgery is required he has experience with the latest techniques of robotic knee surgery for those who meet the requirements. Either way the goal is always to find the least invasive procedure to help someone resolve their knee pain and return to his or her daily activities.

Prior to selecting a surgeon there are certain things you must know before choosing a surgeon, as well as critical questions you should have answered about your surgery since another opinion is always worthwhile. As stated by the Patient Advocate Foundation, “It never hurts to get a second opinion. Keep in mind that doctors are human and they too can make mistakes or be faced with unusual or challenging cases.”

You should not hesitate to contact Dr. Steven Struhl and his knowledgeable staff for either an initial consultation, a second, or a third opinion on your options to alleviate your knee pain prior to that “final” option of surgery.